Trouva reveals new partnership cracking down on poor business rates
Trouva has revealed a new partnership with retail real estate advisors Harper Dennis Hobbs (HDH).
Trouva is aiming to help tackle unfair business rates for its community of over 500 high street shops across the UK.
Launching today (March 14), the partnership offers a full suite of market-leading property services to Trouva’s network of independent boutiques.
As part of this threefold real-estate package, Trouva’s UK shop owners can access bespoke business rates investigation and appeal services which could lead to a reduction in business rates.
Mandeep Singh, co-founder and CEO at Trouva, said: “There has never been more uncertainty around the future of our high streets, and at Trouva we’ve long been campaigning for a reduction in business rates so that independent shops don’t continually get punished by this archaic tax.
“Last April saw business rates rise yet again, meaning one million small businesses saw an unaffordable three per cent increase in their rates.
“Although independents are starting to get help of sorts from the government via the Future High Street Fund, as a global platform for independent shopping, we see it as our responsibility to also make a practical difference to our community of boutiques which makes HDH a natural choice for our next strategic partnership.”
The partnership also provides Trouva’s full community of shops across the UK and Europe with hands-on lease advisory services to assist with rent reviews, lease renewals and negotiations, as well as enabling them to take advantage of HDH’s expert advice in sourcing and acquiring new stores, helping them with plans for future growth and expansion.
The news of the strategic partnership with HDH comes following the government’s so-called Future High Street Fund that opened on Boxing Day 2018, which saw £675m in funding from Philip Hammond’s budget for Britain’s high streets.
David Purslow, executive director at Harper Dennis Hobbs, added: “The high street has gone through considerable pain over the past 12 months with CVAs and retail failures proliferating.
“Against this backdrop, business rates in London have seen double digit growth, and this coalescing of falling demand and rising costs has hit independent retailers hard.”
He concluded: “This is a major cost for a small independent retailer to cope with, sometimes working out as a 50 per cent increase on top of rent. There is currently temporary relief for small businesses which will help them, but this will still have a big impact on margins.
“HDH’s partnership with Trouva will provide a much-needed boost to these independent retailers. It is a seminal collaboration that is our way of helping to reinvigorate London’s high streets.”
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